The 48th Annual Ozark Trail Blazers Rodeo will be held rain or shine on September 6-7 in Steelville. The rodeo will be held in conjunction with the town’s Harvest Festival celebration at the Ozark Trail Blazers arena, located four miles south of Steelville on Highway 19.
The main rodeo events kick off at 8 p.m. each evening. Ticket prices are the same as last year: Adults are $8 in advance or $10 at the gate; children ages six to 12 are $6 in advance or $8 at the gate; and children five and under are free.
Traditional rodeo events on tap both nights include Bareback Riding, Saddle Bronc Riding, Calf Roping, Steer Wrestling, Team Roping, Cowgirl’s Barrel Racing, Bull Riding, Breakaway Roping, and Over-40 Calf Roping. There will be no Wild Cow Race this year. The Ozark Trail Blazers and sponsors provide $500 added money to each event and this year have increased to $1,000 added money for Bull Riding.
Events for children include The World’s Richest Calf Scramble, which will be held each night for children from five to 10 years of age. Mutton busting for the little ones who are age seven and under will also precede the main rodeo each evening, beginning at 7 p.m.
Outlaw Rodeo Productions from Columbia promises to bring an exciting event to the Ozark Trail Blazers arena. They are famous for their fast-paced and flamboyant performances which feature thrilling music and fireworks.
Entertainment will again be provided by Double Trouble Trick Riders of Lexington, Mo. Twins Bethany and Brittany Iles, age 14, along with sister Libby, who is ten, will perform trick riding and roman riding during the rodeo. The girls have been riding for four years and perform at several rodeos including performing the entire month of July in Wyoming. Their show demonstrates to the crowd what trust and freedom in riding looks like.
Mark Ficken will again be announcing at this year’s rodeo. During the day he is “mild-mannered Dr. Ficken, Superintendent of Schools, in Boonville, Mo. But hit the flames, start the music, let the rodeo begin and he becomes Mark Ficken, Rodeo Announcer Extraordinaire.” He has a great voice along with a great knowledge of the sport.
Rodeo clown Josh “Pork Chop” Garrick will also perform his show, described as a “unique blend of hip hop and rock and roll, mixed up with just the right amount of traditional rodeo material.”
Steelville Elementary students will get a chance to meet Double Trouble and Pork Chop on Friday, September 6 in the afternoon. And, Outlaw Rodeo, Double Trouble, Pork Chop, and several local horse enthusiasts will participate in the parade on Saturday.
The rodeo is sanctioned by MRCA and URA. Entries can be made by calling (573) 875-1348 on Monday, September 2 from 7 to 11 p.m. Information and entries for Mutton Busting can be obtained by calling (573) 259-9109.
Outlaw Rodeo Productions and Ozark Trail Blazers remind those who are considering bringing horses or other animals to the rodeo that there will be loud music and lots of noise and smoke from the pyrotechnics and ask that control of the animals is maintained.
Advance tickets may be purchased in Steelville at First Community National Bank, Peoples Bank, Flint’s Country Store, Randy’s Tire & Auto, L & J Package Store, Bass Canoe Rental, Garrison’s Canoe Rental, and Huzzah Valley Resort. In Cuba, tickets can be found at Peoples Bank, First Community National Bank, and Jim’s Motors. In Viburnum, tickets may be purchased at Quad County Plumbing. Tickets are available at Bowers & Cottrell’s Store in Cherryville. The Sullivan branch of First Community National Bank will also have tickets available.
For more information contact: Jim Cottrell at 743-6247, Dillon Parry at 786-2929, Connie Cape at 743-3615 or the arena at 775-5111.